Research Intern
Open Society Foundations - New York, NY

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Office of Programs

Open Society Institute–New York

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2012

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism. Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.
About the Office of Programs

The Open Society Foundations’ Office of Programs oversees and supports the organization’s thematic work, which ranges from arts and culture to international justice to public health.

Among other functions, the Office of Programs serves as a platform on which various internal stakeholders can build coordinated strategies, operations and grantmaking in a particular area of interest. One such endeavor is the Initiative against Torture in Central Asia (ITCA). Now entering its fourth year, the Initiative, which uses a strong justice framework, provides informational, coordinating and convening resources. The Research Intern would enrich ITCA with research and analysis, and other related tasks.
General Training Objective

The objective of the internship program with the Open Society Foundations’ Office of Programs is to train participants on some of the methodologies used by public interest advocacy groups like the Open Society Foundations to foster and encourage reform, inclusion, human rights, and justice.
Specific Training Objectives

Interns will be instructed, and receive hands-on training, on many of the broad range of activities involved in effectuating reform, inclusion, human rights, and justice, through grant-making, advocacy and other tools including but not limited to the identification of an injustice to be remedied, the formulation of a comprehensive action plan, and the research and writing involved in studies associated with a project. The interns will receive their training in the context of the Open Society Foundations’ Office of Programs.

With close supervision by an assigned mentor, interns will learn about the various tools available for researching issues in the field of philanthropy, and for engaging in oral and written persuasive techniques, related to human rights related initiatives, like the Office of Programs. They will receive hands-on research and writing experience; by researching and providing analysis of the legal and political environments in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan relevant to the prevention of and accountability for torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Writing experience will include drafting internal briefing papers and performing related tasks. Interns will also receive hands-on exposure to the spectrum of philanthropic approaches, such as matching funds, innovation funds, pooled funds, aid conditionality and assisting in drafting of related correspondence, print material, website content, and participate in meetings and conference calls.
Candidates Sought

For this internship program, the Open Society Foundations seek individuals currently enrolled in a relevant Undergraduate or Graduate Degree program, specializing in humanities or social science, interest in the countries of Central Asia and/or the Former Soviet states and who are highly motivated and have demonstrated excellence in prior endeavors. The ideal candidates will have strong communication, interpersonal and computer skills, a demonstrated ability to write effectively and analyze and summarize complex information, and a desire to function in a team environment. They also must be able to multi-task while remaining attentive to detail.

Upon acceptance, interns will need to provide a letter from their university indicating that they are receiving credit and/or funding for the internship.
Duration of Internship

June - August 2012
Hours per Week

10-19 hours per week.

Unpaid, lunch provided.
To Apply

Please send a letter of interest and resume experience before June 1, 2012 , to . Include the internship code in subject line: RIntern-OOP


Open Society Foundations
Internships – RIntern-OOP
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019

FAX: 646.557.2672

No phone calls, please. All qualified applicants for this internship will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other protected category. The Open Society Foundations are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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